We're in the forgiveness and reconciliation business but we're the employees not the owner

July 27, 2013 at 5:41 PMTony

I still struggle with people laying down the law saying "You have to forgive". Yes, but Jesus also says His yoke is easy and His burden light. He's the boss. And He is also the empowerer - the one who enables us to do in the New Covenant what we couldn't do in the Old. We failed in the Old so it's only by His power and grace we can succeed in the New. Especially since the standards are even higher in the New. Watchman Nee said to pray like this "Lord, I cannot love and I give up trying, but I count on Thy perfect love. I cannot forgive, but I trust Thee to forgive instead of me, and to do so henceforth in me." (see previous post).

Yes, we are in the forgiveness and reconciliation business.  As the Body we have been given "the ministry of reconciliation: that God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them." (2Cor 5:19 NIV). I believe that forgiveness is primarliy the business of the Body not of the individual.

As far as individual forgiveness is concerned - because of Jesus it's a done deal - even though we are still working it out. Because of Jesus all my sins are forgiven and I have forgiven everyone who has ever hurt or harmed me.

In the Lord's prayer in Luke 11:4 (NIV) it says "Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us." This is prophetic - a done deal. Where the Lord's prayer is recited as "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" the word as is to be read as 'because' not as 'when'. This is how as was commonly used even when I was young. Once again prophetic - a done deal.

Satan is always trying to get us to move from the ground of Christ's complete and total victory. Don't let him whether it comes from outside or inside the Church. In fact Paul says "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!" (Galatians 1:8 NIV)

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